New Turf Field Sends Fourth of July Fireworks Packing in Old Lyme

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OLD LYME — The town’s tradition of holding fireworks at the high school’s back field is officially over. 

The new $2.3 million artificial turf field would make it dangerous to set off fireworks at the field, said Don Bugbee, director of Parks and Recreation for the town.

In a phone call with CT Examiner, Bugbee said the Board of Finance discussed the fireworks as a budget item on Feb. 8. 

“The discussion was they usually hold the fireworks on the back field behind the high school, and the new turf field is there now, so that’s not going to happen,” he said. “They’re not going to light fireworks off on an artificial field.”

But, Bugbee, said there hadn’t been a decision to cancel the fireworks completely.

“I think they’re going to start looking into alternative sites,” he said. “If I remember correctly, the Board of Finance tabled the issue until a further date to figure out what they might be able to do.”

In a text to CT Examiner on Saturday, Board of Finance chair David Kelsey, said the board voted to keep the fireworks in the budget.

Bugbee said a final decision will come from the First Selectman’s office.

A recording of the Board of Finance discussion was not available at the time of publication.